Program and Schedule EET (Helsinki) time zone


Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 

Venue: Zoom platform online - EET (Helsinki) time zone

11.00-11.30  Opening the conference 

11.45 – 13.15  Parallel Sessions I 

13.15 – 16.00  Lunch and break 

16.00 – 17.30  Parallel Sessions II 

17:45-19:00 Keynote 1 and final discussion: Professor Nadia E. Brown

Wednesday, 20 October, 2021 

Venue:  Zoom platform online - EET (Helsinki) time zone

10.00 – 11.30  Parallel Sessions III

11.30 – 11.45   Coffee break 

11.45 – 13.15  Parallel Sessions IV 

13.15 – 16.00   Lunch and break

16.00 – 17.30   Parallel Sessions V 

17.30 – 17.45   Coffee break 

17.45 – 19.00  Keynote 2 and final discussion: Professor Brenda Cossman


Nadia E. Brown 

Professor of Government and Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Georgetown University, USA

Black Women's Appearance is Political 

How do the politics of appearance shape Black women’s political ambitions, opportunities, and access to political office in the United States? In this talk, I will explore the ways that Black women contemporary political elites manage and assess their personal aesthetics in light of White supremacy, racism and sexism. The talk is derived from analysis in Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Elites  (co-authored by Danielle Lemi and published by Oxford University Press in 2021).

Brenda Cossman 

Goodman-Schipper Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, Canada

The New Sex Wars: Sexual Harm in the #MeToo Era

#MeToo’s stunning explosion on social media in October 2017 radically changed—and amplified—conversations about sexual violence as it revealed how widespread the issue is and toppled prominent celebrities and politicians. But, as the movement spread, a conflict emerged among feminist supporters and detractors about how punishment should be doled out and how justice should be served. My book The New Sex Wars reveals that these clashes are nothing new. Delving into the contentious debates from the ’70s and ‘80s, I trace the striking echoes in the feminist divisions of this earlier period. In exploring the history of past conflicts—the resistance to finding common ground, the media’s pleasure in portraying the debates as polarized cat fights, the simplification of viewpoints as pro- and anti-sex—she shows how they have come to shape the #MeToo era. From the 1970s to now, I examine the  tensions between the need for recognition and protection under the law, and the colossal and ongoing failure of that law to redress historic injustice. By circumventing law altogether, #MeToo has led us to question whether justice can be served outside of the courtroom. I argue for a different way forward—one based on reparative models that focus on shared desired outcomes and the willingness to understand the other side.